Frank J. Kelley

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MONTPELIER - Frank J. "Judd" Kelley, of Montpelier, Vermont, passed away on Aug. 8, 2018, with his family by his side.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he attended Montpelier High School and served in the Navy from 1947-54. Judd worked as a letter carrier in Montpelier for over 26 years. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church where he served as pancake chef for several Easter Sunrise breakfasts. He held leadership roles in both the Civil Air Patrol and Scouting.
Judd learned to read at a very early age and this led to an avid love of storytelling. From running a horse team on a farm up the County Road at age 7, to working with one of the longest sitting U.S. senators when he was a college intern at the post office, or driving his 600 foot ship through hurricanes in the Atlantic while in the Navy, Judd would regale his children and grandchildren with wonderful stories of people and lands, both local and far away.
Judd was a hardworking, kind soul who would give you the shirt off his back. His kind, helping ways and local roots helped grow many relationships, both here in Vermont and across the country.
When the love of his life, Irene, was at Woodridge, you could find Judd singing with her in the choir, his velvet baritone voice distinctive and clear. Most recently, some of Judd's favorite times were at the Bragg Farm enjoying a maple creemee and the warm hospitality of Barb and Doug.
Judd has left behind many friends and people on whose lives he has had a positive impact. It would only be appropriate to delight him with a round of "Goodnight Irene" as he did so many times to his loving wife over the years (much to her consternation!)
He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Irene (2009), and his sons Pete (1984) and Dennis (2017).
He is survived by his daughters Lauren Kelley (Mike Jacobs), Ann Murphy, Patricia Wheeler (Larry), and his sons Judson (Kathleen) and Scott (Christine); as well as 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Central Vermont Council on Aging, 59 North Main St. #200, Barre, VT 05641 or online at www.cvcoa.org.
Published in Times Argus on Sept. 12, 2018
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